When Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, he made it clear that gender equality was high on his agenda. The very first piece of legislation he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which allowed workers greater latitude to sue their employers for equal pay. Since then, his administration has made sexism and violence against women priorities; creating the White House Council on Women and Girls and launching the It’s On Us campaign to tackle sexual assault on college campuses.
As his time in office draws to a close, Obama has underlined his commitment to gender equality by convening the first ever White House summit on the United State of Women, which was held in Washington DC this week. It was a chance to take stock of the current state of women’s rights in America, as well as further afield, and to plan for the future.
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